White House calls Ahmadinejad elected leader of Iran

WASHINGTON Tue Aug 4, 2009 11:58pm IST

EDITORS' NOTE:  Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waits fore starting a welcoming ceremony for Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed in Tehran August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waits fore starting a welcoming ceremony for Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed in Tehran August 4, 2009.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the "elected leader" of Iran on Tuesday when asked whether President Barack Obama recognized the Iranian president after the country's disputed election.

"This was a decision and a debate ongoing in Iran by Iranians, they were going to choose their leadership," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. "He's the elected leader."

The White House has been careful not to comment on the legitimacy of the Iranian election and has condemned the government for its crackdown on opposition demonstrators.

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